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Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention

Johanna Hoch, PhD, ATC
The Influence of Resilience and Grit on Post-Operative Outcomes after ACL Reconstruction
Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association
This longitudinal cohort study examines psychological factors associated with optimal physical activity, patient-reported, and clinician-based outcomes in patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Project Period: 04/2021 to 04/2023
Total Value: $4,991


Brian Noehren, PhD, PT, FACSM and Cale Jacobs, PhD (College of Medicine) 
Altering Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis After Patellar Dislocation
Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
The purpose of this innovative randomized clinical trial is to determine if knee aspiration and saline injection or blood flow restriction training (BFRT), either individually or combined, will improve outcomes after patellar dislocation.
Project Period: 07/01/2020 to 06/30/2024
Total Value: $2,889,181


Kyle Kosik, PhD, ATC
Physical Rehabilitation Through Telehealth for an Ankle Sprain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
NATA Research & Education Foundation
The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to illustrate the value of immediate follow-up via telehealth by an athletic trainer for initial care for an ankle sprain.
Project Period: 06/15/2020 to 06/30/2023
Total Value: $55,921


Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC 
Optimizing Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability Using Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE)
Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to demonstrate that a novel Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE) protocol will create more effective clinical outcomes compared to standard of care rehabilitation for patients with chronic ankle instability.
Project Period: 09/15/2020 to 09/14/2024
Total Value: $2.5M


Nick Heebner, PhD, ATC and Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC 
Musculoskeletal Injury, Psychological Distress, and Suicide Among Military Veterans: Understanding Co-Morbidities, Disparities, and Barriers to Healthcare Access
U.S. Veterans Affairs
The goal of this study is to establish relationships between the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and current academic partners (University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Kentucky) with the Charleston Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC).
Project Period: 09/01/2020 to 09/01/2021
Total Award: $8,180


Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
SCH: INT: Collaborative Research: "RehabBuddy" Extending Individualized Physical Rehabilitation beyond the Clinic Using Wearable Technology to Empower Patients
National Science Foundation
The goal of this project is to assist patients to become more confident and self-reliant by providing them with a wearable technology system that can document performance of any exercise regardless of the level of rehabilitation.
Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2021
Total Award: $50,008


Kirby Mayer, DPT, PhD
Physical Therapy Interventions in Critically Ill Patients Requiring Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy
This study determines the relationship between the timing and frequency of physical therapy interventions with patient outcomes of mortality, length of stay, and physical function in patients requiring extra corporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Project Period: 09/12/2019 to 05/31/2021
Total Value: $5,000


Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP
Development and Validity of the Feedback/Advice Spoken Task (FAST) to Assess High-level Pragmatic Language in Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury
American Speech Language Hearing Foundation
Providing feedback and advice is a common communication genre encountered within work, family, and social settings. Persons with TBI demonstrate characteristic difficulties with employing effective communication strategies to execute this common speech act. This study analyzes existing raw data from the Feedback/Advice Spoken Task (FAST) using a sociolinguistic analysis procedure. Findings will result in pilot data for a new assessment for identifying higher-level spoken language deficits that can potentially impact familial, workplace, and social relationships.
Project Period: 08/01/2018 to 08/31/2021
Total Award: $4,900


Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC & Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
Biomechanical Validation of Push-up and Pull-up Progression Program
American Hand Therapy Foundation Incorporated
This study determines the biomechanical demands placed on the shoulder, elbow, and wrist during push-up and pull-up exercises. A more comprehensive understanding of the biomechanical demands on the entire upper extremity kinetic chain will facilitate a scientifically based exercise prescription during rehabilitation.
Project Period: 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2021
Total Award: $12,000


Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC
Marines SpeCial Operations PrEparedness (M-SCOPE)
The overall purpose of this project is to develop and deliver a specific operational preparedness ranking system for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research
Project Period: 06/07/2018 to 06/30/2021
Total Award: $4,001,621


Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Addressing Neuromuscular Deficits for Improved Outcomes in Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation
U.S. Department of Defense, Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
This project compares a novel sensorimotor rehabilitation protocol for lateral ankle sprain against a standard of care protocol to determine if it is more successful at producing successful one-year outcomes and lower rates of re-injury and improved health.
Project Period: 03/05/2018 to 03/14/2022
Total Award: $2,494,695


Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM
Mechanistic Assessment of Blood Flow Restricted Training for an ACL Injury
National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases
This project will mechanistically test the ability of blood flow restricted training to improve the underlying morphologic and cellular maladaptations within muscle, and improve knee mechanics and strength following an ACL reconstruction compared to usual care.
Project Period: 07/22/2017 to 06/30/2022
Total Award: $2,786,621


Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
Using Prospective Outcome Measures to Determine the Risk of Re-injury
American Physical Therapy Association
This study will determine if athletes return to baseline value of physical capability when return to play is permitted and if athletes not returning to preinjury level of physical activity are at greater risk for re-injury than those athletes who have returned to pre-injury level of capability when both return to sport participation.
Project Period: 04/15/2016 to 05/01/2021
Total Award: $8,230